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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • DIVING FOR SUCCESS, 1929

Factories

Knitting Mill Boys: 1911

Knitting Mill Boys: 1911

These boys work in the Chesapeake Knitting Mills, Berkley, Virginia, and live in South Norfolk (youngest refused to give names): Otto, Lowe, 78 Seaboard Ave., Finishing Room. D.M. Deschields, 25 Phillip St., Winding Room. Lonnie Womack, Hawthorn Ave., Winding Room. Jack Harrell, 66 Perry St., Finishing. Waverley Roseberry, 250 St. James, Winding Room. Charlie McHorney, 4 Poindexter St., Winding Room. June 1911. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Sunray: 1942

Sunray: 1942

Worker at carbon black plant. Sunray, Texas. 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by John Vachon.

 

2:23: 1941

2:23: 1941

Ayer Mill clock tower, Lawrence, Massachusetts. January 1941. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Boy Sweeper: 1908

Boy Sweeper: 1908

October 1908. "Boy Sweeper and Carding Machines, Lincoln Cotton Mills, Evansville, Indiana." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Bleach Room Boys: 1910

Bleach Room Boys: 1910

Bleach room boys, Pacific Mills. Lawrence, Massachusetts. December 1910. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Not Pictured: Hector DuBois

Not Pictured: Hector DuBois

Group in front of Indian Orchard Mfg. Co. Everyone in photo was working there. Boy not photographed: Hector Dubois, 24 Water St., doffer who crushed finger in pump. Indian Orchard, Massachusetts. September 1911. View full size.

 

Doffed All Summer: 1911

Doffed All Summer: 1911

Stephen Warren, 284 Main St., Indian Orchard. Has doffed all summer in Indian Orchard Mfg. Co. Quit a few days ago but expects to get another job soon. Says he will not go to school. Location: Indian Orchard, Massachusetts. September 1911. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. In a textile mill, the doffer removes the bobbins from a carding machine once they are full, having been wound with wool yarn or cotton thread. View full size.

 
 
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